Monday, October 18, 2010

Guest Blogger: the stationery place

Today I’m a guest blogger at The Stationery Place. If you haven’t checked out The Stationery Place, you need to head over there. Lyndsey posts about beautiful stationery and all kinds of paper goodies.

It’s Halloween Week at The Stationery Place. Check out my post on a non-sugar Halloween Treat - Mini Composition Books with a Halloween Twist.

Thank you Lyndsey for having me at The Stationery Place.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Etceteras: fall place cards

Even though it’s not even Halloween yet, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and other fall events. If you’re having the Thanksgiving meal at your house, you may want to use place cards at your table.

These place cards were made with materials that I had on hand.

  • Card stock
  • Fabric (coffee stained muslin left over from my fall mobile project)
  • Martha Steward Ribbon style tags
  • Leaves (from the garden)
  • Glue
Fold your card stock into a small tent card. Cut your fabric so it’s a little larger than one side of the tent card. Glue on your fabric using fabric glue or Mod Podge. Trim the fabric edges or you can fringe them.

To fringe fabric, use a needle and pull out one thread at a time.

 Add your embellishments and guest’s names.
If you don’t plan on using place cards, these cards can be used as “Thanksgiving” cards. Simply replace the guest name with something that you’re thankful for and scatter them around the table.

Place cards…done. One thing checked off my Thanksgiving to-do list.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Etceteras: swirling leaves

I was leaving the market the other day and the autumn leaves were swirling all around the parking lot. So I did what any normal person would do… I ran around grabbing leaves.

If you follow my blog, you’re thinking… more leaves. But these were practically handed to me.

I think autumn leaves look so pretty when displayed simply. A small vase, perfume bottle or jar - add a few leaves and you have a perfect centerpiece or even better, a display for your mantle.
I may have to go back to the market and get more leaves.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Inspiration Board: after the rain

It drizzled here the other day. And then it rained for two days. Between the drizzle and the rain I took a few pictures. I’m not a photographer but I love taking pictures.

With a digital camera, your computer and the amazing free photo editing programs now available, anyone can turn pictures into works of art. For these photos, I used FotoFlex. A free online photo editing tool.

The possibilities are endless.
You can play with color.

You can take an ordinary picture...

and antique it or...

turn it into pop art…

The drizzly rain was refreshing but hopefully the sun will be shining again soon.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Etceteras: paper flower wreath

Ever since I made these little paper flowers, I wanted to make some more. That became an understatement when I decided to make a wreath using the paper flowers. I learned that it takes quite a few flowers to make a wreath.

To make this paper flower wreath, I used a variety of rice paper in earth tones and a small embroidery hoop as a base.

Once you roll a large quantity of flowers…roll some more and then some more. I actually thought I had enough flowers at this point. You can find the flower tutorial here.

I glued the flowers onto the hoop with a hot glue gun.

I love the way this turned out.
The brown, beige and soft pink colors are a nice break from the vibrant autumn tones that are all around us right now.

handmade projects

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inkling: leaf cards

My obsession with leaves marches on. Leaf mobiles, leaf centerpieces, pressed leaves and now, I can add leaf note cards to the list.

I created these leaves in a drawing program and then applied different colors to them creating three different note cards.

Fall Leaves

Green Leaves

Last Leaf

I printed these cards on watercolor paper. I love using watercolor paper for projects. The texture gives the card a rich and interesting look.

A sampling of my leaf obsessed projects and a quote that sums up why I love leaves.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Inspiration Board: my fall d├ęcor

I love decorating for fall. I won’t say it’s my favorite because I would have to amend that statement at the start of every season or holiday. Each change becomes my favorite. I think it’s because it’s so visually refreshing to change out your knick knacks, tableware and centerpieces.

Here are some of my fall decorations. Adding touches here and there doesn’t have to be expensive. A few stalks of wheat tied with string. Fabric scrap pumpkins. Jars filled with whatever you have in your cupboard; beans, popcorn kernels, peppercorns or nuts. 

And, of course pumpkins. Here’s a tip. When you’re done with your real pumpkins this year, save the stems to make craft pumpkins next year.

Happy Friday! I hope your house if filled with the feeling of fall.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Etceteras: halloween party part 3: mummified altoid tin

To finish off my Halloween party projects from yesterday and the day before, I covered an altoid tin with the same mummy gauze used on the invitation and goodie box.

To cover an altoid tin, you can follow the paper covered jar tutorial here. Once you’ve glued the paper to the top of the tin, add the strips of gauze and a label. Wait for the paper and gauze to completely dry and then trim the excess around the top of the tine carefully with an x-acto knife.

You can either use the altoids as another party giveaway or leave two or three tins out at the party so your guests and help themselves to “curiously strong anti zombie pills”.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Etceteras: halloween party part 2: mummy goodie box

If you liked the mummy party invitations from my Halloween party post yesterday, then you can keep the theme going with a mummy goodie box. Once all your ghoulish guests have partied the night away, let them leave with a little treat.

Fill small size kraft boxes with treats - candy corn, black licorice or my personal favorite - fun size chocolate bars. Print out a label and use the same mummy (first aid) gauze to tie a bow.

Check back tomorrow for one more mummy party project.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Inkling: halloween party part 1- mummy invitation

Let the Halloween fun begin! Candy corn, witches on broomsticks, trick or treaters and parties.

If you’re planning a Halloween party this year, you might like this mummy-inspired Halloween invitation I created.

I printed out the invitations leaving plenty of room between the lines of type. I used gauze from our first aid kit, tore off pieces and glued the edges to the card.
Once the glue dried, I trimmed the gauze edges.

The Halloween fun will continue tomorrow. Check back for matching mummy party projects.